CPA Australia and the Carbon Trust: green finance

Green finance: the transition to a low carbon economy

Financial institutions play a key role in incentivising the transition to a low carbon economy through lending to, investing in and insuring businesses and projects that manage their climate risk and deliver green solutions.

This webinar, hosted by Carbon Trust experts, will aim to define green finance, discuss the main global initiatives related to green finance, provide an overview of the main green finance products (i.e. green bonds) and insights into the importance of climate risk assessment. The session will also discuss impact investing and reporting.  

The Carbon Trust is an independent organisation with a mission to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. The Carbon Trust helps financial institutions navigate the risks and opportunities of climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy.

Learning outcomes:

  • Define green finance and the main global initiatives
  • Learn about key green finance products and services
  • Understand the importance of assessing climate risk
  • Gain insights into impact investing and reporting
  • Understand the possible role of green finance in a COVID recovery

About the webinar speakers

Thora H Frost, Senior Manager, Green Finance, the Carbon Trust

Thora joined the Carbon Trust in 2019 as part of the green finance team where she leads relationship management with asset managers, asset owners and insurers.  

Thora has over 15 years of experience across a number of areas both in the public and financial sectors. At Kaupthing Bank Thora took on research, treasury management and senior relationship manager roles. More recently Thora was director/chief economist at GAMMA Capital Management, an Icelandic hedge fund, were she led the development of new products for institutional investors.  

In the public sector, Thora worked for the UK Government as a senior economist for the Office for Budget Responsibility and served as an elected member, by the Icelandic parliament, of the Icelandic Fiscal Council.  

Nick Harris, Senior Manager, Green Finance, the Carbon Trust

Nick is the client relationship lead for the Carbon Trust's green finance team. Nick has worked on a range of green finance projects including green bond verification, sustainability training for bank relationship managers, tagging green assets in portfolios, and carbon footprinting of bank services.  

He works with the European Technical Expert working group on the EU Taxonomy, the Green Finance Initiative, contributing to the Data, Risk and Disclosure Working Group, the Climate Bonds Initiative and the International Capital Markets Association, contributing to the development of the regional baselines, eligible categories and impact reporting. Nick has consulted to the financial services sector in various guises for the last 20 years.

Hosted by:

This webinar is hosted by CPA Australia, one of the world's largest accounting bodies working in 150 countries and regions around the world, with a vision to partner with members to prepare for today and tomorrow in a globally connected world.

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